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We Spoke to Experts about Mental Health and the Toronto Shooter

On Sunday, July 22, around 10 PM on the Danforth strip—Toronto’s bustling Greektown neighbourhood of busy restaurants and open patios—Faisal Hussain pulled a handgun and sporadically opened fire on passersby, killing a ten-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman, and severely wounding 13 others. Shortly after, following a nearby gunfire exchange with police, Hussain was found dead. (The provincial police watchdog, the Special Investigations Unit, has not yet confirmed the details of his death, though police sources told the Toronto Star he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.)


“Canada’s criminal law does not give people with mental health issues a get-out-of-jail-free card,” says criminal defense lawyer Michael Spratt. “Instead we recognize that those who truly cannot appreciate the nature and consequences of their actions due to mental health issues need to be treated and supervised until they they do not pose a risk to the public.”

Read Connor Garel’s full article: Vice News

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